Some Great Views Of Montmorency Falls Outside Quebec City
We managed to get some great views of Montmorency Falls outside Quebec City even on a short visit.
At the end of our east coast road trip, we had only a one night stop in Quebec City. It was a long drive from Quebec City to our final stop in Kingston. But we set an alarm and visited the Montmorency Falls just as they opened.
We got some great views from above on the suspension bridge. And then climbed down the stairs for another perspective on the falls. We found several fun adventurous ways to enjoy Montmorency Falls. But those would wait for another visit.
Planning Our Visit
The Montmorency Falls (la Chute‑Montmorency) were located just outside of Quebec City (Quebec Cité) on the east side. At home in Toronto, we visited Niagara Falls regularly. At 83m (~272 feet) the Montmorency Falls were about 30m higher than Niagara Falls but not as wide. So these falls have been our list to visit for some time.
We missed the Montmorency Falls on our first visit to Quebec City. And we got just a quick look at them from the car as we drove past Quebec City when we started this road trip to the Maritime provinces.
We arrived late in the afternoon to Quebec City and checked into our hotel. The skies were overcast. We considered visiting the falls in the evening as the skies cleared. But with a sunny forecast for the next morning, we planned an early morning visit. The sun was in the perfect spot and lit up the falls.
There were several different parking lots. We decided to park at the top of the falls at Manoir Montmorency. This parking lot opened earlier than the lot at the bottom of the falls. If you get there before the park opens there was no barrier and we were not sure if you even needed to pay.
We Started At The Top At Manoir Montmorency
We arrived just as the park opened and parked at Manoir Montmorency. The Manoir was a beautiful building with colourful flowers all in bloom around the outside. It was not yet open when we arrived. But we figured this was a great spot for something to eat before or after a visit.
We also saw several other eating options at the top of the falls. Le 1759 was a food truck with a varied menu. The Le Pain De Sucre Dairy Bar offered a range of tasty sweet treats. Neither was open yet when we visited so early in the day.
From the Manoir we walked to the lookout. From this spot we got our first views of the Montmorency Falls. We were excited to see them closer from the suspension bridge.
Our first views of Montmorency Falls outside Quebec City left us wanting more.
The Views From The Suspension Bridge
Some of the walkways were closed when we visited. So we made our way to the main path to the suspension bridge located behind the Manoir. We wandered along the shaded paths and heard the sound of the rushing water increase.
At the beginning of the day, there was almost nobody around. We wandered onto the suspension bridge and had lots of time as we enjoyed the views up the river before the falls. And then looked down at the falls as they cascaded below us.
We looked out and saw the St Lawrence River and the bridge (Pont De L’Ile D’Orleans) . This suspension bridge crossed the Saint Lawrence River between Quebec City and Île d’Orléan.
We looked back towards the observation platform where we started. We saw Manoir Montmorency and one end of the zipline platforms. Beside falls, we saw the stairs that went to the bottom (Escalier Panoramique).
We got some great views of the Montmorency Falls when we started at the top.
Heading Down The Stairs
From the suspension bridge we continued our walk along the shaded paths. A one way bridge crossed over the rocks but there was no real view of the falls at this point. But as we walked along we heard the falls. And when we peeked through the trees we got our first front on view of Montmorency Falls from this side.
We kept walking along the grass and found the top of the stairs that led to the bottom. There were awesome views of the Montmorency Falls from this vantage point. We moved down several levels on the stairs and saw the falls from a different perspective. We got a great view of the suspension bridge we crossed. From this vantage point we also saw the smaller Chute de la Dame Blanch.
From this point, we looked out and saw the Manoir Montmorency and the observation platform where we started. Off on the horizon we just saw the outline of Quebec City.
The stairs provided a great vantage point for views of the Montmorency Falls outside Quebec City.
Finishing Our View Of Montmorency Falls
At this point we needed to make a decision. We could continue down the stairs for a view from the very bottom. From there we either walked back up the stairs and re-traced our path. Or we headed to the cable car and took that back up to the top by the Manoir Montmorency where we started.
We had a long travel day and this visit to the Montmorency Falls needed to be quick. So we went part way down the stairs. Then we walked back up and went back the way we came.
Other Ways For Views Of Montmorency Falls Outside Quebec City
But as we wandered on the site, we saw many other ways to enjoy the park and Montmorency Falls. A large group was suited in harness and helmet when we were there and headed off to climb the rock face along the Boischatel crevasse. The climbs were led by a professional guide and at all times they were connected to a continuous cable. We never saw them get onto the rock face before we left. As their poster below stated, the cost to climb the Via Ferrata started at about $35 for adults.
The other adrenaline option was to take a zipline across the face of the Montmornency Falls. We saw the platforms on either side of the falls. But this adventure was not in operation when we visited.
We definitely want to return and try one of the more exciting adventures one day.
We Enjoyed Our Short Visit For Views Of Montmorency Falls Outside Quebec City
It was great to get views of the Montmorency Falls outside Quebec City even on a short visit. Because we visited so early in the day, there were no crowds and we easily saw everything we wanted in about 90 minutes.
If we were not rushed, it would have been great to go all the way to the bottom for a different perspective on the falls. The cable car ride up would have been fun. And there was lots of green space in the park to enjoy.
One day we would like to try the zipline across the falls. Although the rock climbing might be a pass. And a return visit in the winter when the falls were partially frozen was apparently quite stunning.
Did you see many views of the Montmorency Falls outside Quebec City? What was your favourite spot?
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